A vast majority of the time, I am well aware what kind of work I have cut out for me on the Big Day. My job is to:
1) Record the events and emotion of the day with creativity
2) To use my super Ninja-like stealth to capture those easy to miss candids
3) Take beautiful photos!
There are some tips I'd like to share if I may that the wedding party, bride & groom can do to help with the aestetics of #3 and give them beautiful, memorable photos!
No wire hangers!!! (screeching in the manner of Faye Dunaway in 'Mommy Dearest')It's a great idea to get a fancy satin wrapped hanger or even a wood hanger to showcase your dress. A cheap wire or plastic hanger just ruins the aestetics of the photo and cheapen it. I want your dress to look incredible...whether its on you or not!
No cake against the wall. Another staple is the wedding cake photos. I love cake! But I love to photograph them even more! If you place the cake against the wall, it leaves me very, very few angles to shoot your cake and the shots will look like a cake brochure. If you can manage, have the planners set your cake at a round table or a table close to the wedding party's dining table. This gives the photographer more angles and perspective.
Moms and Dads...Ready, Set, GO!
Most photographers (that'll be me) begin the wedding day with pre-wedding photo journals of the bride and groom getting ready. Typically, Moms and Dads don’t think about being in these photos, but they should. Parents should be dressed and ready. Sometimes parents will dress at the last minute, then in pre-wedding photos you see mom with no makeup, and in her robe. I suggest scheduling some special moments with your parents just when you slip into your gown. Let your family know an exact time for this, and have the photographer on standby to catch this special time.
I adore a good smooch between newlyweds don't you? Ah, love.
So be sure to show lots of PDA (public displays of affection) on your wedding day.
Some couples tend to be so busy and excited about their wedding day that they forget to show each other how in love they are and how happy they are to be getting married. Great photographers capture real emotions, so be sure to help out by being sexy and romantic…show a little PDA!
You don’t have to go overboard with poses, but simple things like holding hands and kisses on the cheek provide great material. A good photographer will “coach” the couple with simple posing ideas.
Don’t be shy…have fun and enjoy it! Be creative and push your photographer to step out of the box with edgy art which I am more than happy to!
Clarissa Fuselier is a Wedding & Portrait photographer in Austin, Texas. She adores weddings, loves capturing them and meeting new couples. She's seen a lot on wedding days and doesn't mind lending a hand on the Big Day to make it fantastic. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.